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Jury awards $1.3 million to comic George Wallace in personal injury claim against Vegas resort

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Nevada jury is awarding comedian George Wallace $1.3 million in damages for a leg injury he says he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007. Tuesday's verdict from an eight-member jury comes after two weeks of testimony in Clark County District Court and about 12 hours of deliberations. The 61-year-old stand-up comic known to many as Jerry Seinfeld's friend had sought at least $7.1 million from the Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino, but he says he's happy with the result.

Culinary Union workers at several Las Vegas hotel-casinos vote to authorize possible strike

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Union members at several downtown Las Vegas casinos have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn't yield a new contract. A statement from Culinary Union Local 226 said that more than 99 per cent voted for the authorization. The vote involved unionized workers at the downtown Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station and The D properties, the Margaritaville bar on the Strip, and linen service workers at Brady Laundries in North Las Vegas.

Reno-Tahoe tourism survey suggests growth opportunities with families

RENO, Nev. - Visitors to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area stayed longer, spent more money and brought their children along more often last year than they did two years earlier, according to a new tourism survey that suggests targeting families in future marketing efforts. The tourists with kids spent more than groups with only adults and stayed nearly twice as long in 2013 — averaging 6.2 days compared to 3.2 days, officials for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority said Thursday.

Governors unveil signs on proposed interstate connecting Las Vegas, Phoenix

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A proposed interstate linking Las Vegas and Phoenix is still years and billions of dollars from reality, but the governors of Nevada and Arizona already have unveiled signs to mark their dream. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., met at the Hoover Dam on Friday to unveil signs that will be posted along the proposed Interstate 11. It was a symbolic effort meant to keep up momentum on the project, which is coming of age in an era of scarce highway funding.

US Department of Agriculture cites Harrah's act in Reno and Laughlin for animal abuses

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a circus act featured at two Harrah's casinos in Nevada has been treating its big cats poorly. The department cited Dirk Arthur's Wild Magic show in December for declawing lions and tigers, keeping a snow leopard in a rusty cage and chaining a bobcat in a dangerous way. The USDA also found that the animals' cages were too small. In January, the USDA issued a formal warning about the way the animals were living.

Planned interstate between Las Vegas, Phoenix has big-name support, but tough road ahead

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas and Phoenix are linked by a road that narrows to two lanes, hits stoplights in a Depression-era town and until recently backed up traffic over the Hoover Dam. Despite being two of the largest cities in the Southwest, they aren't directly connected by an interstate freeway.

Caesars Acquisition, Entertainment JV plans $1.8B in acquisitions, including Bally's Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is selling four properties to a separate unit that it controls for about $1.8 billion as it restructures its debt. The sale of Bally's Las Vegas and the other three properties is valued by the company at about $2.2 billion, when debt and renovations at the Quad Resort Caesars Acquisition Co. expects the deal to close in the second quarter. Caesars Entertainment will manage the properties.

US Navy jet crashes during training

A US Navy F/A-18C Hornet jet aircraft crashed during training Saturday in the western state of Nevada, the navy said in a statement. There was no immediate news on the fate of the pilot. The fighter plane, assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, in western Nevada, crashed at approximately 3:00 pm (2300 GMT) on a training range some 112 kilometers(70 miles) east of Naval Air Station Fallon.

Las Vegas Sands websites are back online, one week after hacking

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Las Vegas Sands Corp. brought its worldwide websites back online on Monday after a hacking attack forced the company to shut its home pages and other online operations last week, a spokesman said. The sites were "not the identical versions" of what they were before the company was hacked, spokesman Ron Reese said. He said select content was different on the new web pages, but he declined to say what else had changed.

Las Vegas Sands websites restored 1 week after hacking

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. The Las Vegas-based company pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon. The company first became aware of the hacking on Feb. 12, when company email went down, Sands spokesman Ron Reese said.
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